NJ Spotlight Highlights Social Justice Issues Raised at NJISJ Forum

New Jersey Spotlight reports:

Ryan Haygood, President of the Institute, said the issue of social justice is very important and cited some statistics as proof. He said the poverty rate for black residents in Newark is “an astonishing 33 percent, more than double the national average for all races.” Newark residents hold only 18 percent of all the jobs in the state’s largest city, he continued, adding that while three quarters of Newark residents are people of color, 60 percent of the city’s workers are white.

For instance, Black children in New Jersey are 24 times more likely than whites to be put in a juvenile facility, although there is little difference in the kinds of offenses Black and white youth commit, making New Jersey’s the third most racially discriminatory juvenile justice system in the nation. And the Newark metropolitan area is ranked as the most racially segregated in the nation, where Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to have quality schools, decent housing, good jobs, and public services.

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